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Leader Kisenosato improves to 12-1 as Goeido withdraws from tournament

Kisenosato’s hopes of capturing his first championship title were given another boost after his scheduled opponent on Friday, fellow ozeki Goeido, withdrew from the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Goeido pulled out due to a right ankle injury, his stablemaster Sakaigawa said. The withdrawal earned Kisenosato a win by default, ...

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho

Jan 18, 2017

Kakuryu pulls out of New Year Basho

Kakuryu became the second yokozuna to pull out of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament when the Mongolian withdrew Wednesday due to a right leg injury. The 31-year-old Kakuryu, who won the Kyushu title in November, has struggled at this tournament and lost his ...

Kisenosato maintains grip on overall lead

Jan 17, 2017

Kisenosato maintains grip on overall lead

Kisenosato kept his cool and reclaimed the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament lead on Tuesday, the 10th day of the 15-day basho. A day after suffering his first loss, Kisenosato (9-1) was tested again by rival ozeki Terunofuji (4-6), who was strong if not ...

Kisenosato, Hakuho both lose on day of shocks

Jan 16, 2017

Kisenosato, Hakuho both lose on day of shocks

Ozeki Kisenosato surrendered his lead at the top of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, but Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho also fell for his second straight defeat on Monday, the tourney’s ninth day. Ozeki Kotoshogiku (3-6), who will be demoted from the second-highest rank should ...

Loss for Hakuho puts Kisenosato in control

Jan 15, 2017

Loss for Hakuho puts Kisenosato in control

Yokozuna Hakuho suffered a stunning upset, handing ozeki Kisenosato the sole lead on Sunday as the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament passed the halfway mark after eight days. Hakuho, looking to extend his record career championship haul to 38, entered the day along with ...

Hakuho, Kisenosato maintain perfect marks

Jan 13, 2017

Hakuho, Kisenosato maintain perfect marks

Yokozuna Hakuho and ozeki Kisenosato showed convincing outings to preserve their perfect records on the sixth day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, when three rank-and-filers lost ground with their first defeats. Hakuho won his 18th bout in 19 meetings against ...

Kisenosato, Hakuho among unbeatens

Jan 12, 2017

Kisenosato, Hakuho among unbeatens

Ozeki Kisenosato and yokozuna Hakuho were forced to work hard for their wins Thursday to remain in a five-way lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. On the fifth day of the 15-day tourney, Kisenosato survived the powerful shoves of Mitakeumi (3-2), who ...

Kisenosato keeps perfect record after overturned call

Jan 11, 2017

Kisenosato keeps perfect record after overturned call

Kisenosato momentarily appeared to have suffered his first loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament as the referee erroneously declared his opponent the winner of their bout Wednesday, but the decision was soon corrected to give the ozeki a 4-0 record. The only ...

Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

Jan 10, 2017

Kisenosato continues strong start at tourney

Veteran ozeki Kisenosato remained in the lead along with a pair of yokozuna on Tuesday, the third day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, looking to win his first grand sumo tournament since last May, stayed perfect in the 15-day event at ...

Giant-killer Mitakeumi takes down Harumafuji

Jan 9, 2017

Giant-killer Mitakeumi takes down Harumafuji

Yokozuna Harumafuji became the first big name to fall at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday, suffering an upset second-day loss to No. 1 maegashira Mitakeumi. A day after knocking off ozeki Goeido, Mitakeumi got the better of a sloppy bout with ...

Yokozuna trio cruise as New Year Basho begins

Jan 8, 2017

Yokozuna trio cruise as New Year Basho begins

Sumo’s three Mongolian yokozuna had convincing wins on Sunday as the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament got under way before Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Kakuryu, who won his third career title in the most recent November tourney, was never troubled against Tochinoshin, ...

Yokozuna look to get back on track at New Year Basho

Jan 7, 2017

Yokozuna look to get back on track at New Year Basho

Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho are gearing up for the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament starting Sunday, looking to maintain the nation’s place atop the sport after a year of promising performances from Japanese wrestlers. A third career title in November seems to have ...